List of Google Doodles (1998–2009)

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The Google Doodle is an artistic styled version of the Google logo. In 1998, Google used the first Google Doodle of the Burning Man Festival, designed by Google's founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, posted on google.com notifying users of their absence in case Google's servers crashed.[1] Since 2000, Dennis Hwang, now Google's international webmaster has been designing the Google Doodles, but designing the Doodles is only about 20 percent of his job.[2]

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1998[edit]

August 30[edit]

The first Google Doodle was in honor of Burning Man.

October 29[edit]

Google used a new logo while they were in an open beta release.

November 26[edit]

Google's simple first Thanksgiving Doodle.

1999[edit]

October 31[edit]

Google's first Halloween doodle and first Doodle since switching to the new logo that lasted over 10 years.

November 23[edit]

A Thanksgiving doodle.

November 30[edit]

An "Uncle Sam search" when you click on it, it takes you to a Google search page of the United States government. It had 2 versions.

December 25[edit]

Google's first doodle for Christmas and/or the generic winter period, with an accompanying greeting of "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays".[3]

2000[edit]

January 1[edit]

Google's first doodle for New Year's Day.

February 2[edit]

A Groundhog Day doodle.

February 14[edit]

Google's first Valentine's Day doodle, featuring a Cupid-like figure and two hearts replacing the Os.

March 17[edit]

Google's first St. Patrick's Day doodle.

April 23[edit]

Google's first and only Easter doodle to date, featuring two multicolored Easter eggs in place of the Os.

May 1–5[edit]

"Google Aliens" series, featuring five different doodles each day involving aliens.

May 14[edit]

A Mother's Day doodle.

June 18[edit]

A Father's Day doodle.

July 1–4[edit]

Google's first Independence Day doodle, featuring four different doodles depicting the Founding Fathers and fireworks.

July 14[edit]

Google's first Bastille Day doodle in France.

September 15–25[edit]

Doodles of the 2000 Summer Olympics featured a kangaroo. The rest of the logo remained the same, except for the two "O"'s, which were yellow and black to represent the Olympics Logo.

October 31[edit]

Google's first Halloween doodle with guest illustrator Lorie Loeb.

November 7[edit]

Google doodle featuring U.S. Election Day.

November 15[edit]

Google's first Shichi-Go-San doodle.

November 23[edit]

Google's third Thanksgiving doodle.

December 22[edit]

Google's second Holiday greetings doodle. Prout Doodle

2001[edit]

January 1[edit]

A New Year's Day doodle. The doodle featured the word "Google" with confetti under and a clock replacing the letter "o" with the time showing 12:00am, two polar bears on each side, one with a party hat, the other with a tall hat with the number "2001" written on it.[4]

January 24[edit]

A Lunar New Year doodle. The doodle featured a Chinese symbol to the left of "Google" with firecrackers hanging from it and a snake right below letter "Goo".

February 14[edit]

A Valentine's Day doodle. The doodle featured two bears standing between the word "Google". Two hearts are on the top.

March 9[edit]

Google India featured the doodle for Holi with a bucket of paint almost surrounding the bottom of the letter "G", and paint surrounding most of the bottom and a small portion on the top.

March 17[edit]

Google United States featured the doodle for St. Patrick's Day with the word "Google" colored green and the rainbow and pot of gold is past the doodle.

April 22[edit]

The doodle represented Earth Day with two sides of the Earth covering both "o"'s.

May 13[edit]

The doodle represented Mother's Day with flowers on the bottom and the greeting, "A Tribute to our Moms".

June 17[edit]

A Father's Day doodle. The doodle featured a dad wearing a cap, a gopher standing on the letter "G" and another gopher laying on top of the letter "o".

July 1[edit]

Google Canada featured the doodle for Canada Day with the beaver surrounding a portion of the letter "G", the Flag of Canada between the letter "l" and "e", and the greeting, "Happy Canada Day" on the bottom.

July 4[edit]

Google US represented Independence Day. The word "Google" is covered with stripes. Fireworks are on the background. The eagle has a hat on, holding the sparkler lighter and is on top of the letters "l" and "e".

July 14[edit]

Google France featured the doodle for Bastille Day with fireworks on the background, the national motto of France, Liberté, égalité, fraternité, and the` Flag of France, between the letter "l" and "e".

August 1[edit]

Google Switzerland featured the doodle for National Day of Switzerland with alps on the background, flowers on the bottom, and the Flag of Switzerland, between the letter "l" and "e".

August 15[edit]

Google South Korea featured the doodle for National Liberation Day of Korea with the Flag of South Korea between the letter "l" and "e", the flowers surround a portion of the letter "g" and past the bottom of the letter "o".

October 31[edit]

Google US featured the doodle for Halloween. The ghost almost covers the letter "G". The Jack-o'lantern replaces the letter "o". The black cat is covering the bottom of the letter "e".

November 11[edit]

Google France featured the doodle for Armistice Day with the Flag of France between the letter "l" and "e".

November 14[edit]

The doodle featured Claude Monet's 161st birthday with the word "Google" painted, water lilies and the surname Monet on the bottom.

November 22[edit]

Google US featured the doodle for Thanksgiving. The turkey almost covers the letter "g". The letter "o" had a cornucopia of harvest corn, apples, and pumpkin.

December 9[edit]

The doodle featured the centennial anniversary of the ceremony of the Nobel Prize Award.

December 20-24[edit]

A Happy Holidays doodle. Doodles featured polar bears. On December 20 the doodle featured a box. From December 21-24 the doodle featured Christmas lights.

2002[edit]

January 1[edit]

A New Year's Day doodle. Doodle featured both of the letter "o"'s, respresenting it as the number 0 between those there are both 2's, the bird on the top, the rabbit on the bottom, and confetti on the bottom.

February 8-24[edit]

On February 8, 2002, the doodle featured the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics. There are Alps in the background. The Olympic torch is on top of the letter "l" and the bear is lighting the torch.[5] From February 9-14, there were no doodles made. From February 14 until the closing ceremony on February 24, the doodles featured games done that day.

March 6[edit]

The doodle represented Piet Mondrian's 130th birthday. The word "Google" is covered by composition.

March 17[edit]

Google Ireland featured a doodle of St. Patrick's Day. The second "o" is covered by clover and shamrock. The word "Google" is colored green.

April 22[edit]

The doodle represented Earth Day. The first "o" is covered by the planet Earth.

April 23[edit]

Google UK featured a doodle of St. George's Day. The horse almost surrounds the letter "G" and is rode by a knight with a flag attached to it.

May 5[edit]

Google Japan featured a doodle of Children's Day. The fish is attached by a kite on the letter "l".

May 12[edit]

Google US, Italy and Germany featured a doodle of Mother's Day. The rose covers the first "o".

May 20-24[edit]

From May 20-24, the doodle represented Dilbert's comic strip. On May 20, the comic strip said, "We need a new logo by Friday. Any suggestions?". On May 21, the comic strip said, "We could drop the first two letters. Thats a no good idea." and the doodle had removed the brightness of the letters "G" and "o". On May 22, the comic strip said, "We could shorten it to three letters. No, Goo isn't sticky." and the doodle had removed the brightness of the last three letters "g", "l" and "e". On May 23, the comic strip said, "We'll merge the logo with our vision care plan and call it Synergy!". On May 24, the comic strip said, "I can't see." and the doodle had Dilbert wear glasses and lenses which covered both "o"'s.

May 30[edit]

Google Japan featured a doodle of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The Flag of Japan is between the letter "l" and "e". The person is kicking the soccer ball in a reverse direction. The person's arm touches the top of the letter "g". The soccer ball replaces the first "o". Grass is at the bottom.

Google South Korea featured a doodle of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The Flag of South Korea is between the "l" and "e". The person is kicking the soccer ball in a reverse direction. The person's arm touches the top of the letter "g". The soccer ball replaces the first "o". Grass is at the bottom.

May 31[edit]

The doodle represented the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The person is kicing the soccer ball in a reverse direction. The person's arm touches the top of the letter "g". The soccer ball replaces the first "o". Grass is at the bottom.

June 15[edit]

Several countries featured a doodle of the Dragon Boat Festival. The dragon is shaped as a boat with paddle and below it is water on the bottom. The bottom of the letter "g" and most of the middle portion of the letter "e" surrounds the dragon's body.

June 16[edit]

Google US featured a doodle of Father's Day. The dad is sitting on a recliner touching both "o"'s, a gopher is walking and covers a portion of the letter "G", another gopher is touching the tie and is covering a portion of the letter "g", and there is a box of ties in the bottom of letters "l" and "e".

June 21[edit]

The doodle represented the La Fête de la Musique. The sun replaces the letter "o". The sun's rays, touch the letters "o" and "g". The music notes is in the bottom and touch the whole letters. Two musical symbols touch the letters "o" and "g".

June 28[edit]

Google Brazil featured a doodle of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The Flag of Brazil is between the "l" and "e". The person is kicking the soccer ball in a reverse direction. The person's arm touches the top of the letter "g". The soccer ball replaces the first "o". Grass is at the bottom.

July 1[edit]

Google Canada featured a doodle of Canada Day. The Flag of Canada is between the "l" and "e". The moose surrounds the top of the letter "g" and is standing in the grass.

July 4[edit]

Google US featured a doodle of Independence Day. The word "Google" is covered by portions of the features of the Flag of the United States.

July 14[edit]

The doodle represented Bastille Day. The bottom says, "Fête du 14 Juillet". Fireworks surround the background, almost covers the letter "G", both "o"'s and the top of letter "e", and is between the letters "o" and "g".

August 6[edit]

The doodle represented the 74th birthday of Andy Warhol. Four sections represent Google's four colorful logos with neon.

August 15[edit]

Google South Korea featured a doodle of National Liberation Day of Korea. The word "Google" is covered by using half of the colors of white and black. The letter "o" inside is covered by a yellow, blue and red Taegeuk.

September 27[edit]

The doodle represented Google's 4th birthday. Confetti is in the background and one confetti is inside the letter "G". The two "o"'s are mostly covered by cake and candles. The number 4 is inside the letter "l".

October 3[edit]

Several countries featured a doodle for the 13th anniversary of German Reunification Day. The Brandenburg Gate is in the background and covers all of the letters except "e". Confetti is in the background, too.

October 14[edit]

Google Canada featured a doodle of Thanksgiving. The bottom of the first "o" is covered by corn and next to it is an orange. The maple leaf mostly covers the second "o" and a small portion of the letter "g". The bottom of the letter "l" is covered by a pumpkin. A small portion of the bottom of the letter "e" is covered by a pumpkin, too.

October 25[edit]

The doodle represented Pablo Picasso's 121st birthday. The arm is covered by the letter "G", faces are inside both "o"'s, the hand is in the bottom of both "o"'s, arm is covered by the "g", hand is covered by the letter "l" and nose is covered by the letter "e".

October 31[edit]

Several countries featured a doodle of Halloween. The second "o" is covered by Jack-o'-Lantern. The top of the letter "l" is covered by a moon. A portion of the letter "e" is covered by a moon, too. Inside the moon there are bats. There is a small portion of bats outside the moon, too. The haunted house is in the background. The haunted house covers the inside of the first "o" and a portion of the letter "G". The bottom of the first "o", uppercase "G", lowercase "g" can't be seen due to grass. Most of the letter "e" can't be seen due to grass, too. Grass is located on the bottom.

November 5[edit]

Google Canada featured a doodle of Guy Fawkes Day. The second "o" is covered by fire. The fire is attached to a campfire. Fireworks are in the background. A portion of the fireworks cover the letter "G". A portion of the log is covered by the letter "g". A portion of the fireworks is between the letter "g" and "l".

November 11[edit]

The doodle represented Armistice Day. The Flag of France is between the letter "l" and "e".

Google Canada and UK featured a doodle of Remembrance Day. The poppy covers the first "o".

November 28[edit]

Google US featured a doodle of Thanksgiving. The turkey covers the inside of the second "o". The bottom of the first "o" is covered by corn and next to it is an orange. The leave is next to the corn. The bottom of the letter "l" is covered by a pumpkin. A small portion of the bottom of the letter "e" is covered by a pumpkin, too. The pumpkin is next to the leave.

December 11[edit]

Most countries in Scandinavia featured a doodle of Saint Lucy's Day. The top of the first "o" has a wreath filled with candles. The bottom has a tray of Lucia buns and coffee. The coffee steam is between the second "o" and the letter "g".

December 23-25[edit]

A Happy Holidays doodle. From December 23-25, all the doodles have presents, gifts, boxes and ribbons. From December 24-25, the doodles have a bear, a rabbit, a beaver, a bunny and a penguin.

2003[edit]

February 14[edit]

A Valentine's Day doodle with the two 'o's in the logo as hearts.

April 22[edit]

An Earth Day doodle with the Moon below the logo and the aliens on the 'g' in the logo looking at Earth.

2004[edit]

February 13[edit]

Google doodle representing Valentine's Day.

February 28-29[edit]

A doodle representing Leap Day. Two frogs are on the background. One frog is leaping which made a mark on the top. Another "o" is added. The other frog is on top of another "o".

October 31[edit]

A Halloween doodle showing the G wearing a witches' hat, and boiling the two Os. There is a haunted house near them. The two Os had eyes in them.

November 1-2[edit]

Google doodle representing United States Election Day.

2007[edit]

February 14[edit]

On February 14, 2007, Valentine's Day, the Google doodle featured a chocolate-dipped strawberry that combined the second "g" and the "l" as its green stem.[6] This design gave the appearance that the "l" was missing, thereby displaying "Googe". In response to several speculations the Official Google Blog,[7] responded: "When you look at the logo, you may worry that we forgot our name overnight, skipped a letter, or have decided that 'Googe' has a better ring to it. None of the above. I just know that those with true romance and poetry in their soul will see the subtlety immediately. And if you're feeling grouchy today, may I suggest eating a strawberry."

2008[edit]

January 1[edit]

A doodle of New Year's Day with the 25th anniversary of the Internet protocol suite.

January 21[edit]

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day doodle.

January 24[edit]

Doodle 4 Google Australia winner doodle.

February 28-29[edit]

A Leap Year doodle. The "l" is replaced by a leaping frog.

September 27[edit]

Google's 10th birthday, using the first logo.

October 3[edit]

Google Germany's doodle for German Unity Day.

October 4[edit]

Google France's doodle for the 50th anniversary of the Constitution of France.

October 13[edit]

Google Canada's doodle for Thanksgiving Day. Google Canada also had a doodle for Election Day on the same day.

Google Australia's doodle on what would have been Paddington Bear's 50th birthday.

October 16[edit]

A doodle for Google's United Kingdom homepage representing Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Google London.

October 20[edit]

Google Czech Republic doodle for Day of Trees.

Google Australia doodle for the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House.

October 22[edit]

A doodle for Google's Netherlands homepage commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Deltawerken.

October 27[edit]

Google India's doodle for Diwali.

October 29[edit]

A doodle for Google's Slovakia homepage commemorating Ľudovít Štúr's 183rd birthday.

A doodle for Google's Turkey homepage commemorating National Day.

October 31[edit]

A doodle for Halloween.

November 1[edit]

A doodle for Google's Japan homepage commemorating 1,000 years of The Tale of Genji.

A doodle for Google's Mexico homepage for the commemoration of the Day of the Dead.

November 4[edit]

A doodle representing United States Election Day.

December 21-25[edit]

Google Happy Holidays doodle.

2009[edit]

During 2009, an increasingly higher number of more intricate Google Doodles were made. Google Doodle represent events like holidays, anniversaries, or current events. Google holds an annual competition called Doodle 4 Google, in which children in grades K-12 to create a logo that Google will use as a Doodle for google.com.

February 13[edit]

Google created a doodle to celebrate the Unix time reaching 1,234,567,890 seconds (At 23:31:30 UTC on February 13, 2009) [8]

April 1[edit]

Google created a doodle to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol.[9]

July 10[edit]

Google honored the great inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) on his birthday on July 10, 2009 by displaying a doodle in the Google search home page, that showed the G as his beloved, prized Tesla coil

August 29[edit]

Google created a doodle to celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday.

October 7[edit]

Google featured a doodle of their logo as a barcode to recognize the anniversary of its invention in 1948 by Bernard Silver.[10]

October 31[edit]

The Google page displayed a 4-step Halloween logo, showing a more and more chaotic display of sweets after the first 3 clicks, before redirecting the user to the search results page.

November 4–10[edit]

Google featured a new picture of Sesame Street characters to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.

November 11[edit]

Google made a doodle for Veterans Day, which featured a veteran and a policeman as the "l" and the "e".

November 13[edit]

Google featured the moon as the second "o" in Google with the other letters appearing as water, to celebrate NASA's confirmation of significant amounts of water on the moon.

November 26[edit]

Google featured the beloved Peanuts comic strip characters Snoopy & Woodstock cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Snoopy stood in for the Google "l", with Chef Woodstock in Snoopy's hat. That day also marked the birth date of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

December 31[edit]

Google celebreated New Year's Eve with a special doodle. The 2 G's and the e are Black. The red o and yellow o are fireworks. The l is a giant building with it saying 2010 as the 210 a firework and the 0 as a clock. This doodle remained on January 1, 2010 for New Years Day.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Doodle History
  2. ^ Williams, David E. "Google's unknown artist has huge following." CNN. July 19, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2006.
  3. ^ "Google Doodles: 1998 January - March". Google.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ Google Doodles [1].
  5. ^ Google Doodles [2].
  6. ^ Google logos Valentine's Day logo. February 14, 2007. Retrieved on April 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Official Google Blog Strawberries are red, stems are green.
  8. ^ Google Unix Time
  9. ^ Google logo will turn into a Gogol
  10. ^ The Google Barcode Doodle: A Harbinger of the Internet of Things?

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